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Best Time to Visit Greece for 12 Days

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Athens, view of the Acropolis in the evening

Athens, Greece

The best time to visit Greece for a 12-day vacation is from May to early September as the temperate and sunny Mediterranean climate embraces the landscape and you can indulge in the country’s warm waters, wander its sun-bathed hillsides, and hop from island to island during its pleasant summer months.

While crowds gather in the country’s sought-after cities year-round, there are also quieter moments throughout the year to explore Grecian culture, jeweled architecture, and swishing coastlines.

In this article, we highlight the perfect times to visit Greece for 12 days, depending on your travel preferences.


  1. Best Time for Great Weather
  2. Best Time for Families with Children
  3. Best Time to Avoid the Crowds
  4. Best Time for Couples or Honeymooners
  5. Best Time to Visit the Greek Islands
  6. Book for the Best Time in Greece

Best Time for Great Weather

Ancient city of Mystra, Greece

Mystra, Greece

The best time to visit Greece for your 12-day tour is between late May and early September.

During this window, there is plenty of sunshine and very little rain. It is important to note that July and August are the peak summer months for Greece, so you can expect relatively hot temperatures that reach the 80s and 90s Fahrenheit daily.

For this reason, an ideal Grecian adventure for the best temperatures sits on the earlier and later fringes of the long late May to early September window.

Best Time for Families with Children

Two little girls on the waterfront, Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos, Greece

The warm and dry months from May to September are perfect for traveling with children, as you can plan to make the most of your kids’ summer break from school.

With little rain and plenty of sunshine, you and your family can also take advantage of the abundant outdoor activities that make Greece a sensational Mediterranean destination to visit.

From hovering over colorful coral reefs off idyllic island coastlines to surveying the history of Ancient Greece at iconic landmarks like the Acropolis and the Parthenon, Greece’s adventures are best enjoyed in the sunshine.

Best Time to Avoid the Crowds

Olympia, Peloponnese, Greece

Peloponnese, Greece

It is important to note that July and August are the peak summer months for Greece, so you can expect larger crowds during this time, especially in the most popular and frequented island destinations, such as Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete.

In addition, August 15th is a religious holiday in Greece, which means everyone is on vacation and crowds can be overwhelming. To avoid the crowds, plan your 12-day Greek tour between late May and early July, or enjoy the quieter month of September. If you can only travel during the peak summer months, you can explore the smaller and less-frequented islands.

Best Time for Couples or Honeymooners

Couple in love on Santorini island, Greece


Couples on their honeymoon or partners escaping to Greece for a private two weeks away will be thrilled to explore the country’s captivating heritage at revered landmarks or stroll along quiet beaches, without having to share the scenery with too many tourists.

The best times to do this are during May and June, and throughout September. While this is a small window, the three months represent the best time to visit for sunny weather and fewer crowds to explore Greece’s magnificent outdoors in peace and seclusion.

Best Time to Visit the Greek Islands

Chania, Crete, Greece

Crete, Greece

Late May through early September, barring the extremely hot summer months of July and August, are great times to visit the Greek Islands as sunshine sweeps the coastal shores and embraces travelers on their outdoor adventures.

Crete’s large and diverse landscape, Santorini’s stunning white-washed Cycladic village, and Corfu’s crystal-clear waters are best visited when the weather is warm and little rain washes over the seaside towns. By visiting during the shoulder season, you can avoid the crowds of summer and the season’s more extreme weather to truly enjoy the beauty and charm of Greece’s diverse islands.

Learn more: Top 7 Things to Do in Greece

Book for the Best Time in Greece

Temple of Athena, Lindos, Rhodes

Rhodes, Greece

Dazzling Grecian islands recognized by their white-washed villages and blue-roofed homes, tranquil shelled shorelines hugged by teal seas, and historic cities shrouded by ancient stories are yours to explore on any of our 12-Day Greece Itineraries.

Zicasso will ensure that your dream vacation is booked for the best times of the year, depending on your travel preferences, allowing you to explore the glorious destinations with few climate concerns or worries regarding large crowds. To learn more about Greece, check out our Greece Travel Guide. To make a booking, complete a Trip Request or call us on 1-888-265-9707.

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